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Create Your Own Smartphone App With Infinite Monkeys – No Coding Knowledge Required

Bakari Chavanu 20-02-2012

how do you create an appIt would be great if we all had the time, skills, and patience to learn computer coding, especially since technology pervades so many areas of our life. But thankfully, there are applications and web developers out there who provide ways for the rest of us to produce apps with little or no coding skills.


Back in June, I reviewed one such web application called Buzztouch How To Create An iPhone Or Android App Without Any Coding Skills If you're really eager to make a mobile app, a website called Buzztouch may well be the web-based solution for you. Buzztouch is essentially Content Management Software for iOS and Android. It provides a template-based... Read More , which is designed to allow anyone to create their own smartphone application. Now a similar program has just been released called Infinite Monkeys, a web-based tool geared toward niche communities who want to share content on the iPhone and Android platforms. Infinite Monkeys is not as polished theme wise as Buzztouch, but unlike the latter, Infinite Monkeys, says the developers, “Is completely web-based, and works on any computer or tablet device. You never touch the source code and don’t have to know what it is or how it works.” There are several other differences that also might make Infinite Monkey more accessible to non-programmers than Buzztouch. But you’re free to explore both and see which fits your needs.

Web-based GUI

Infinite Monkeys’ web-based graphic user interface allows users to incorporate existing web content from social networking sites like Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and blogging sites.

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These web-based apps of course don’t compare to more advanced apps like Angry Birds, but they are great for small niche communities and businesses, such as school associations, sports teams, churches, musicians and restaurants, who want to share content privately or publicly.

Infinite Monkeys provides three different app platform models, ranging from free to the pro level version of $499. But for many users, the free HTML 5 web-based, and ad-supported model should suffice.


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Building An App

Infinite Monkey provides a seriously easy step-by-step process for creating a smartphone app in less than an hour; that is if you have an ample amount of content already posted on the web.

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The great thing about using a web-based platform is that you can constantly add content and updates to your app via your blog site, YouTube channel, photo sharing site, etc.


The Infinite Monkey web application uses a familiar drag-and-drop process. You start off by giving your app a title, followed by choosing a privacy setting. You can make the app public, or private for closed community access which will prompt users to enter a password to view content.

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You can of course customize the background image and splash screen, as well as the font colors for the title and other text.

Core Content

The core content of your app consists of primarily news and third-party feeds such as your blog site(s) and specific URLs.


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Infinite Monkeys includes additional content models for music and books, food and beverages, events, sports, reference materials, and location services such as a map and directions.

With the click of a button you can easily preview your app at any point in the development process. The online app also includes an embedded short video tutorial for each of the three part steps and multifunction tools.

You have poor control over the content of your app, including links to streaming videos, live chatrooms, shared calendars for upcoming events, shopping links to recommended products, and tap–t0–call phone contact information.


Publishing App

The free version of Infinite Monkeys allows you to instantly post your HTML 5 version immediately to the web so that anyone with a web-enabled smartphone can access it through the assigned URL.

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Since your app is ad-supported, Infinite Monkeys will host it for free on their server. While it is not nearly as polished as professional apps that you will find in say the iTunes App Store, it does provide a way for anyone to get their content into this space.

Let us know what you think of Infinite Monkeys in the comments below. Does it cater to your needs or does an alternative app do a much better job?

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  1. mark s
    November 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I used App Maker/Infinite Monkey and thought everything was great until I learned about a HUGE problem they have. You are not allowed to change the app permissions and this is a direct quote from a message I received from them; "When you created an app with us, those permissions are placed on the app by our system. Apparently, there is no way to change or remove them. It is used strictly for the purposes of the functions you put into the app. It is a great suggestion to customize the permissions per app based on which functions are actually included, however we have chosen to take the more cautious approach and fully disclose any of the permissions that MAY be required so that our users fully understand the implications of all the elements that could ever be included in one of our apps." HUGE problem because any app you build with them will warn a user that your app needs access to their calendar, contacts, web browsing and can make calls on their behalf. BS!!!!!!! Never use them!

  2. Tara
    January 14, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    After I had left my comment here, I left a message with CEO Jay Shapiro via Linked In. He called me back within the hour and he took the time to not only explain everything to me but he apologized for my experience , refunded my payment and then gave me 6 months free. I wasn't looking for a hand out, just some help. I fully rescind my previous statement. I am so impressed. He was kind, not condescending. Two thumbs up!!

  3. Tara
    January 14, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Not that thrilled with Infinite monkeys. I submitted all of my information, ie, proof of website ownership, proof of image ownership, etc... and waited for two weeks only to get an email from them stating that my app PROBABLY would be rejected by ITunes and Google Play. The line that said 'Specifically' was left blank. It then gave me (2) links to ITunes and Google Play guidelines that they expect me to read through and then try to figure out what I did wrong , fix it and then resubmit my app to them. I subscribed to the $12/month service and here I am with absolutely NO Help and generic emails. I see all these so called success stories. I looked at their apps and they are no different than mine. I have never made an app before. Such a disappointment and frankly, a waste of my time and money. They trick you into thinking it is instantly published-yes it is on THEIR site to drive traffic to them for potential business, No where in their initial advertising/or sign up to they indicate that your app is submitted for review. They also don't tell you it is your responsibility to submit to google, for a $25 nonrefundable developer fee, and then you are on our own trying to figure that out. I suppose if I bought the $499 option I would not have these problems. Typical.

  4. Ben Hartley
    August 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I guess the Ion will be a better choice if you like how it looks. I personally like S because the size the color and the fact that it only have 3 buttons under the screen instead of 4. Also, the Ion supposed to give a better experience with its HSPA, however, I feel the 3G on S is good enough now if you are not planning to make video calls or use your phone to watch streaming films on the road.

  5. bluegreen
    August 9, 2012 at 2:47 am

    @Leadn You should make "Revenge of the hungry pigs" LOL

  6. bluegreen
    August 9, 2012 at 2:47 am


    You should make "Revenge of the hungry pigs"

  7. David Caron
    July 24, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Very interesting. I hope they have upgraded graphics.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      David, have you tried the program before?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Brendan. There are many Twitter clients to choose from, but I read somewhere that TweetDeck is among the leading third-party clients used outside of the web platform. I use TweetDeck off and on, but I find that it takes up too much space to leave open.

      • Bakari Chavanu
        July 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm

        Opps, ignore the above comment. It was meant for a response in another article.

  8. srishti sikka
    July 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

    How do you make an app without a apple product?

    • Dazerath
      July 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Scroll up and read the other comments, there are products listed that allow you to make apps from your desktop.

    • Jerry
      July 21, 2012 at 2:14 am

      Just because app is the first 3 letters of apple does not mean......oh never mind.

    • LPF
      July 26, 2012 at 7:12 am


      App is short form for Application, as in, Software Application. It is a small software program created to do a simple application task, which you can install on your mobile phone or tablet or even PC.

      The term App is not related to Apple or iPhones or iPads or Macs, nor do Apps require Apple products in order to be created. But you can download the Apps into Apple products, just like you can into any digital device.

  9. srishti sikka
    July 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

    can we like make an app without a iphone or ipod touch?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 17, 2012 at 2:28 am

      If I remember correctly, I think Buzztouch includes an iPhone simulator. Both Buzztouch and Infinite are free, so just see what they have to offer.

  10. don
    July 16, 2012 at 2:07 am

    thats not an app, its a bunch of bookmarks.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

      Well, some app consist of primarily bookmarks, or they are largely web based. So it depends on what you're trying to do.

  11. Jaymz Steele
    June 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    make your own app with snappii

  12. Tolzoh
    June 22, 2012 at 7:54 am

    anyone here who have actually used it and it worked? cuz i'd love to try it myself....

    • Joseph
      June 25, 2012 at 3:35 am

      yeah i have just tried it.used one of the free html domains and it works perfect on my smartphone

  13. Andres Kievsky
    June 15, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Why so much fear of sitting down and learning some programming? Everybody should know some basic BASIC programming at least. It's part of a well-rounded education.

    • Daniel
      June 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      "Everybody should know some basic BASIC programming at least. It’s part of a well-rounded education".

      No it isn't.

      • G
        July 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm

        "Basic programming, part of a well-rounded education."
        That is a jackass comment.

        Unless you are learning to code for a living, it doesn't do anything for you you.

        And if you are learning to code for a living, it's even worse.

        A true programmers world, is a world of its own, and few know about it.

        Ask any true programmer. It will keep you up late at night (or all night), sometimes many days. It makes you irritable, it steals focus from your family and friends. Your health goes to crap from not taking the time to prepare or eat nutritious meals, and even brush your teeth. You stink because you are too busy staring at those puter screens to take a shower. Your old friends fade away because they are not important to you anymore. And your kids get used to you ignoring them and quit calling you for help, for anything. Your spouse has taken up a life of their own, and it does not include you.

        Coding is a convenient way to lose connection with reality. While you justify it by saying that "I am creating a tool that will help people and business.", you are partially right, you may be doing just that. But look around you Mr/Mrs. Hexidecimal, your world is falling apart. If you still have a spouse, and your children still know who you are (and care about you), then get away and do something else, while you can.

        Too many programmers have a self-bent ego that says "I will write the ultimate program that will get the whole world to LOOK at ME! And see how great I am, and make me MEGA BUCKS!"

        Unless you've been in that world, you wouldn't know much about it. If you are in that world and still have your health, spouse, family and friends, then you are blessed. Help that guy that can't see what's killing him in front of his own eyes. Coding is a never ending cycle looking to build a better mouse trap. Don't be fooled, it has YOU trapped.

        Thank you for letting me vent. You probably figured it out already. I was one of those guys, and I want to warn others.

        No insults intended for anyone, I have seen too many good people and families destroyed by this strange occupation, that usually starts out as an innocent hobby.

        • robmorganaust
          July 21, 2012 at 3:23 am

          Actually, my programming career started out as a 4 year tertiary degree.
          There are plenty of professional programmers who don't get trapped by the practice or their ego. These folks tend to be called software engineers, and often move up to program design and then architecture roles.
          Just a balancing view - and my family has been rather well funded by my occupation - admittedly now mostly corporate IT.

        • LPF
          July 26, 2012 at 6:36 am


          Totally agree with you. Well said! LOL!

          And I must say, for a nerdy coder, you are wonderfully articulate!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Andres, I agree. I think some people like myself who have tried to learn programming simply don't have the time to stick with it. I would love to take class or two on the subject if I had the time.

  14. Aditya
    May 30, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Hi, Has anyone tried this application? what is your experience?

    • Eric
      June 1, 2012 at 12:27 am

      Hi Aditya,

      I've used the Infinite Monkeys platform to build 2 apps so far - one for my biz and one for my son's soccer team. Love it! The building process is super simple and there are videos that you can watch to help you with each step, if you need them. The apps turn out great too.

      • Bakari Chavanu
        June 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm

        Thanks Eric for letting us know about your experience with the platform. Always good to hear from actual users.

  15. Andy
    May 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    We've just gone into beta with our desktop app builder, which is more focused on creating apps with original content and rich in multimedia, rather than just turning web content into an app.
    Best wishes and good luck to Infinite Monkeys as well, hope they do well.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks Andy for letting us know.

  16. Srikaanth
    May 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I was about to signup at codeacademy to learn coding just a few days ago.
    This app might be a blessing!

  17. Lakhbir singh channa
    April 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    these are good apps must try these..... :-)